Baking Flowers n Planting Biscuits….

Flowers …they speak a lot and can brighten anyone’s day. Many people love roses but I just love flowers be it any, no favourites. It’s the bright vibrant colours that somehow make me feel my best. Oh yes, but I dislike artificial flowers, they might be the best looking, next to real but it turns me off, cause Flowers are beautiful creations full of life that should not be duplicated.

Fresh flowers on the dining table just enhance the beauty of the room. I have a huge flower vase downstairs and have a single stem vase on my bedside table. The beauty of the flowers intensifies when given by a loved one, Yoel buying flowers for me makes it special. On trains and buses when you see someone carrying flowers, you cant help but imagine the smiling face of the person getting them. Whether the flowers are for you or not, they still light up faces. Few days ago I read that more flowers are in demand for Mother’s day than on Valentine’s Day. Surely mom is the most special woman in everyone’s life, after-all today’s wife is tomorrow’s mom.

I have always loved gardens, plants and flowers. At home ma had a pretty garden, with seasons the flowers kept changing, one side of the walkway was the rose garden, all different colours of roses and on the other was the lush green lawn lined by all the seasonal flowers be it poppy, pansy, chrysanthemum, dahlia etc etc. We also had kitchen garden and those days ma used to take immense pleasure in cooking those vegetables. Sometimes there was so much of produce that even the neighbours used to enjoy. In those days I didn’t quite understand ma’s attachment with her plants but I guess these flowers and plants were also like her children, taking care of each and everyone just like us. In return all these flowers and plants used to beautify our house and also bring a smile on every ones face.

potted flowers

Pansies....

Finally now I have my own garden, and so I was eagerly waiting for spring so that I could start gardening. On a Saturday morning cleaned the whole garden, mowed the lawn and groomed all the plants. Bought pansies and impatiens and potted them. For vegetables I am keen on planting tomatoes, brinjals and French beans. Well I should get coriander and mint cause these two are a must in most of my cooking. Now instantly the first thing I do after I wake up is to go see the flowers. They really have become a part of me. Seeing the pretty colourful flowers bloom brings immense joy and takes away all the stress.

With all that gardening on saturday a nice tea was much appreciated by Yoel and home-made biscuits came to mind. After going through a lot of recipes, I realized I didn’t have most of the ingredients. I did not want to go grocery shopping that time. So I decided to stop fussing over what I was missing instead bake something with what I had. NAAN KHATAI was the solution to all the stress. Its a simple Indian tea biscuit. The ingredients being ½ cup gram flour, ¼ cup coarse semolina (suji), ¼ cup all purpose flour (maida), 1tsp baking powder,2/3 cup sugar, 100gm butter, diced walnut (almonds or pistachios are also recommended) and a pinch of salt. You can also use cardamom powder/nutmeg powder.

  • In a bowl mix the butter and sugar (butter should be at room temperature and

    best served with a cuppa

    don’t melt it)

  • Beat the butter sugar well, till you can see the mixture fluffy enough
  • Add all the three flours and baking powder to the butter sugar mixture
  • Mix and knead the mixture well into a soft dough
  • This mixture can easily make 22-25 equal balls
  • Make tic-tac-toe on the centre of the balls and garnish it with diced walcut pieces
  • Pre-heat the oven at 180 degrees and then bake the biscuits for 15 minutes
  • The NAAN KHATAI s are ready, let them cool down
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Spring is here!!!

Yayy Spring is here. This weekend we visited Greenwich. After changing few trains we finally got there. The moment you step out of the station it feels as if you are in the medieval era. The cobbled narrow streets lined with shops and restaurants.

Greenwich Market

Greenwich market was an instant attraction. Its small market but was bustling with life. Lots of food stalls, ranging from cheese to patisserie to Moroccan to Ethiopian to dry nuts to hots dogs. Oh, this was the first time ever I had a Hot Dog and I felt I had missed a lot all this time. The sausage fried in oil so unhealthy but served with spinach and mixed pepper in a ciabatta make it healthy. We walked around the Greenwich University and then took the train to Tower Bridge. I enjoyed the sunny afternoon nap on the lush green lawn besides the Thames.

River Bank

Iced lollies have always been a favourite, so was introduced to Solero, exotic flavour (mango and passion fruit). For dinner went to an all day buffet serving South Indian restaurant. Alas, all the excitement was ruined finding out it was pure vegetarian, the taste and service was not up to the mark either.

A well spent Saturday in all.

Sunday, cooked CHICKEN BIRYANI , super lunch. More of a pulav (pilaf), it’s the way I make it. Ingredients being 7 chicken drumsticks, 2large cups of basmati rice, garam masala (1 bayleaf, 1 black cardamom, 3 cloves, inch long cinnamon stick, 5 dried red chillies) chopped coriander and mint leaves, 1tbsp yoghurt, 1tbsp lemon juice, 1 onion thinly sliced, 1tbsp ginger garlic paste,1tsp chilli powder, 2 tbsp coriander powder, 1tsp cumin powder, 2 tbsp oil, 1tsp ghee.

  • Soak the rice for 30 minutes

    Chicken Biryani

  • In a large heavy bottom dish take oil, add all the raw garam masala.
  • Add the sliced onions and ginger-garlic paste. Sauté for a while
  • When the onion turns pink and transparent add the chicken drumsticks (make some slits on the chicken)
  • Add all the spice powders and fry the chicken till the oil starts separating.
  • Add the chopped coriander and mint leaves and yoghurt
  • Let all this cook for further 7-8 minutes
  • Add the soaked rice and mix it well and fry for 2 minutes
  • Add 1 n half times of water in regards to the rice cups so, here 3 cups of water
  • Add 1tsp of ghee and lemon juice. Stir well and place the lid
  • Keep checking the rice
  • The fragrance could be smelled in the whole house
  • In 20 minutes the biryani was ready

Serve it with boondi raita and fried onions.

Best biryani I ever had is Namaskar India dum biryani (Melbourne, Australia). Initially used to love the chicken biryani but since the day I tasted the Lamb biryani , there was no going back. Now there are days when I still crave for Lamb biryani, but unfortunately no Namaskar takeaway since I am on the other side of the world.

Surprise…Surprises are so much fun…I love giving surprises to people….somehow i never get one cause the curious cat in me kills it, though Yoel has done really well. I wish i could kill the curiosity in me to have fun.

Here the surprise is for my sister-in-law. It’s her birthday. Prepared a special meal for the birthday eve. Wanted to do something different, thus, Chinese all the way. The menu for the surprise dinner was Egg Noodles and chilly chicken and berry cheese cake for dessert.

The first thing I started to do was the cheesecake so that it had enough time to set firm. MIXED BERRY CHEESE CAKE, the ingredients being 8 digestive biscuits, 250ml mascarpone, 100ml double cream, 1 can raspberries, 8-10 strawberries, 150gm sugar, 100gm butter.

  • Place the digestive biscuits in a plastic bag and using a roller pin crush the biscuits to crumbs almost powdered.

    Berrilicious Cheese cake

  • Mel t the butter and mix it thoroughly with the biscuit bits.
  • In individual cups put 2 tbsp of the butter biscuit mix, pressing it to the bottom and let it set firm in the fridge for an hour.
  • While the biscuit base is setting, the cheese topping can be prepared.
  • Beat the mascarpone or any soft cheese with sugar and cream till a smooth consistency is formed.
  • Spoon in few raspberries; add lemon zest and juice of half lemon into the cheese.
  • Add the cheese-cream mixture over the set biscuit base after an hour
  • Decorate the top with sliced strawberries and raspberries
  • Chill the cups in the fridge till ready to serve.

Oh the cheese cake looked divine and I couldn’t wait till evening. Make sure while topping the cheese-cream mixture no airspace should be left. It was quite a task do the individual cups. I did so that we don’t overeat but doing a cake altogether would be much easier while layering.

EGG NOODLES, ingredients being egg noodles, cut vegetables (carrots, sliced onions, sliced capsicums, 2 eggs, French beans) black pepper,1tsp crushed garlic, 1 tbsp vinegar, 1 tbsp soy sauce, chilli flakes and salt to taste.

  • Boil the noodles and keep aside, wash the boiled noodles with cold water, the noodles don’t stick and pour a tbsp of oil.
  • In a wok take 1 tbsp of oil, fry two eggs n keep it aside.
  • In the same oil add the crushed garlic, chilli flakes and onions
  • Sauté for a while, then add the capsicum, carrot and beans.
  • After the vegetables are cooked, add the boiled noodles
  • Add the vinegar, soy sauce and salt according to taste
  • Mix well and ready to serve..

After the noodles it’s time for the dish of the day, CHILLI CHICKEN. My brother and I used to love chilli chicken from a club in our town. I always used to crave for that taste. Last year when I went home after my Wedding, to have the same chilli chicken, it was a disappointment. Didn’t taste the same at all, in fact was one of the worst tasting chilli chicken I ever would have tasted. Well I used to love chilly chicken served in Namaskar India, Melbourne, Australia. For starters always used to have Chilli Chicken and butter Naan. Namaskar India is the first place where I started working part-time and then gradually it was home. Arvind and Rupa the owners became friends and then family. This is where I became friends with Kanika . Now I am happy that these people are friends for life.

CHILLI CHICKEN

350gms of chicken cut into cubes, 1 egg, 1tbsp corn-flour, capsicum cut into squares, cut onions into squares, 1 red chilly sliced, 2tbsp soy sauce, 1tbsp vinegar, 1tbsp chilli sauce, 3 garlic pods chopped, 1 inch ginger chopped, salt and pepper.

Marinate the chicken pieces in 1tbsp corn-flour, 1tbsp soy sauce, 1tsp pepper and 1 egg. Deep fry the chicken pieces and keep them aside.

  • 2tbsp of oil in a pan, add the chopped ginger and garlic
  • Add the onions and sauté for a while, adding capsicum next
  • add the sliced chillies and chilli sauce
  • cook the sauce for a minute followed by adding vinegar and soy sauce
  • a thick sauce is made, cook it for further 3 minutes
  • then add the fried chicken pieces
  • Salt to taste and serve it garnished with spring onions.

The table was set with my two favourite red candles, coke with a slice of lime and the dishes. We had a satisfying meal and the dessert, though I overdid the decoration. The next day surprise was to go to West Midlands Safari park. It’s in Bewdley, near Birmingham. It was a beautiful spring morning and the sun shining in full glory. We started late, reached the park around 12:30 but managed to make the most of it. The safari took around two hours. The main attraction being the big cats. We saw lions, white lions, Cheetahs and Royal Bengal tigers. These big cats are majestic. The Lion surely is the ‘king of the jungle’, an epitome of courage and strength. It was fun driving past them. Deer were another highlight of the park. They are a symbol of family and unity as they always move in herds; these creatures are friendly and innocent. My favourite animals are giraffe, elephants and monkey but now there’s a new addition to my favourite, the Zebra. I love the black and white stripes. God has made every animal so unique and I am thankful that we humans are above all and able to enjoy each and every creation.

The best part was the drive back home at night, in the company of the pretty moon, music and Yoel.

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Come Dine with Me…

I want to share some recipes which I have made for the FIRST FIRST time in my life.

I am someone who loves cooking fresh everyday. Whether I am working or not, doesn’t make a difference. I dont like cooking in bulk and storing for days. Heat n’ eat is Just NOT me. I found this huge cauliflower lying in one corner of the kitchen. I was tired of cooking the same alu-mutter-gobi (potato-peas-cauliflower) or a curry out of it.  I kept looking at it thinking what best can I do with it, something new. AND then an idea was bestowed upon me “GOBI MANCHURIAN“. I had learnt from mom how to make vegetable manchurian, which is quite a task and needs many ingredients where as this was easy pleasy. Ingredients being florets of cauliflower, cornflour, chopped onion, 3 pods of minced garlic, red chilli paste (only if you can handle spice), soy sauce, vinegar, tomato ketchup, salt and pepper to taste, square pieces of capsicum , all -purpose flour, chopped coriander/spring onion.

To prepare the florets of cauliflower

  • in a bowl make a thick paste with 3 tbsp of all purpose flour, cornflour and pinch of salt and pepper
  • coat the florets in this paste and deep fry it. Make sure the flame is on medium so that the whole florets are cooked well.
  • fry the square capsicum pieces, NOT coated with the paste
  • keep these aside

To prepare the sauce

Gobi manchurian

Easy PLeasy Gobi manchurian

  • heat oil in a pan, add the chopped onions and minced garlic
  • saute it till the onions turn transparent, add 1tbsp of chilli paste, 2tbsp of tomato ketchup (I added the maggi tomato garlic sauce)
  • fry these till it starts leaving the oil
  • add 1tbsp of soy sauce and half tbsp of vinegar
  • add 1tsp of corn starch and 1/3rd cup of water
  • cook all these for further 5 minutes, you can either use chopped spring onions or coriander leaves (I used chopped coriander leaves)
  • add the fried cauliflower florets and the fried capsicum and mix well into the sauce

This is a dry version of Gobi Manchurian. If you want gravy add more water and cornflour. The cornflour makes the sauce thick and provides crunchiness to the fried florets. Lately I have discovered I dont much like spring onions and somehow coriander replaces it quite well. Coriander being one of my fave ingredients.

THAI RED CURRY CHICKEN

Always loved Thai cuisine, be it the red/green curry or Pad Thai or satay chicken. I love the sweet-sour-spice flavors all together. Every time I wanted to cook Red Curry the recipe talked about the readymade paste. This always was a turn off, then finally I got hold of the ingredients and tried it out myself. Ingredients being coconut milk, 2 stalks of lemongrass. 1 lemon, red capsicum, tomatoes, 3 thai red chillies, thumb sized ginger ,1 onion, 5 garlic pods, sugar, 4tbsp fish sauce, 1 tbsp of soy sauce, 1tsp pan fried cumin seeds and coriander seeds, 250gm of diced chicken, coriander leaves.

  • Make a fine paste using cumin seeds, coriander seeds, garlic, ginger, onion, 2 tomatoes, 1 red capsicum, 1 stalk of lemongrass, chillies, 1tbsp sugar, fish sauce, soysauce
  • in a pan heat 2 tbsp of oil and to it add the red curry paste
  • chop and add remaining lemongrass, 2 tbsp of lemon juice
  • let all this come to boil, then add the 250gm diced chicken pieces
  • cook this for further 7 minutes
  • now add 3 tbsp of coconut milk, to make your curry creamier you can add more coconut milk.

 Kachinggggg… Red Curry Chicken is ready. Serve it white rice (preferably jasmine rice) and garnish it with coriander leaves.

Sorry but somehow we missed taking a picture of the red curry. Thanks to Yoel being patient with me and doing food photography before eating, though at times he is very hungry. So, guess thats why I dont have a picture…LOL…

I have always loved grilled and barbequed chicken. When my parents moved overseas, the best thing in the kitchen was the oven n grill. Mum used to marinate chicken in different ways and grill the chicken and we just loved it. When I moved to Melbourne I would want to grill but somehow I didnt do much grilling just few times. BINGO…my kitchen now is perfect and brand new.

It’s a small cosy L- shaped kitchen. Now that I have heaps of time and someone special to cook for, I try doing a lot more cooking. As we want to lead healthy lifestyles and our undying love for chicken,  Roasted Chicken n’vegetables is a heavenly answer. A very simple dish which just takes 20 minutes to prepare and then 1 hour to cook while you sit back and relax. The oven does it all for you. Smart dish I say.

Roasted Chicken n vegetables

A Smart meal

Ingredients being carrots, French beans, peas, parsnip, potato, capsicum (red/yellow),peas, onions, coriander seeds, black pepper, salt, chilli flakes, mint , coriander, garlic, ginger. Now it’s not important to have all the vegetables, you can pick and mix vegetables.

  • I used 3 carrots cut diagonally, French beans, squared red and yellow capsicums,2 potatoes cut , handful of peas, half onion sliced, 7 garlic pods, thumb size ginger freshly grated, 1tsp of coriander seeds, juice of one lemon, 1bay leaf.
  • I marinated the chicken with handful of chopped mint and coriander leaves, 1tbsp chilli flakes and lemon juice for 2 hours. (I used 4 leg and thigh chicken pieces)
  • In a baking dish mix all the vegetables with salt, pepper and 1 tsp of olive oil. Arrange all the vegetables making sure the big chunks of carrots and potatoes are on the side lines.
  • In the centre place the garlic pods, it’s better to roughly crush the pods and then place the marinated pieces of chicken over them.
  • Preheat the oven for 20 minutes at 180 degrees and then place the dish in the oven and relax for the next 45 minutes.
  • Check the chicken after 25 minutes and if required turn the side. The best way to know whether the chicken is fully done when you see clear liquid oozing from the chicken.
  • After 45 minutes turn off the oven and let the dish be in the oven for next 20 minutes.
  • The smell is divine.

A healthy palatable dish is ready. It’s such a good change from the rice/chapatti and curries we Indians eat.

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Limitless….Salad and chicken!!

Tonite is Salad Nite. The weather is warm and lovely now in London. After a year, finally I see spring and summers approaching. Due to different time zones I was in winters for the last 12 months. When I left melbourne winters were coming to an end but onset of winters in India, and when I reached London it was cold and freezing again. So yes, finally I see the sun smiling at me. I am a summer person, love the bright sunny days. I had my nice day out, went to the nearby mall and had Thornton ice-cream…yummy to beat the heat…

Salad was perfect for this warm day. Thai Grilled Chicken Salad.…healthy, filling and yummy.

Thai grilled Chicken salad

healthy warm salad

  • 1 packet of crunchy salad leaves (lettuce, iceberg)
  • 1 packet of green leaves (baby spinach, rocket leaves)
  • 1 carrot diced, cherry tomatoes cut into halves, 1 yellow capsicum chopped, half spanish onion sliced, handful chopped mint and coriander leaves, 1cucumber diced.
  • 1tbsp of sweet chilli sauce, 4 tbsp of fish oil, 1tbsp sugar, handful of roasted peanuts, salt and pepper to taste.
  • 2 boiled eggs cut into halves.
  • 300gms chicken breast pieces marinated in chilli flakes and 1tbsp minced garlic , salt to taste and a spoon of lime juice. the chicken is marinated and kept in the fridge for 4 hours.grill the chicken at 180 degrees for 35 minutes, till the chicken is well done.
  • In a large salad bowl, dump the leaves and then the sliced/diced/chopped vegetables. It so colorful, green, yellow, red.
  • Add the sauces. mix the sugar with the fish sauce and pour into the salad.

Serve it with the hot grilled chicken…yum it is..

Salad topped with Grilled chicken

After this healthy dinner we headed to the movies, saw LIMITLESS…. starring Bradley Cooper, oh he is so good-looking.

Spoiler ALERT!!!

The movie is about a pill(drug) which helps humans to access 100% of the brain when in reality we can only access 20%. So yes this pill helps Eddie (Bradley) to become an extra smart man in just everything. He attains quick reflexes, instincts and is the best in the finance market and become sthe right hand and advisor of Carl (Robert de Niro), a hotshot of the Wall Street. There are restrictions on his way, where a thug is constantly after him as he once got to have the pill. The pill was also a lifesaver for the girlfriend too. I liked the pill, it aint addictive but success and ambitions soar high and these are addictive. I would say Should Watch….more

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INDIAAAAA….INDIA!

Weekends have always been busy for me. This weekend was dedicated to world cup…ahhh so proud to be an Indian…We are the champions now. The best part being the celebrations of the win, London roads were jammed and everyone just chanting INDIA INDIA…people in cars honking, loud desi music….”de ghumake”….as far as eyes could see, only one thing is visible the “tricolor”. So, Saturday whole day just watching the world cup finals, cheering team India, special lunch was mutton curry rice and cucumber mint raita…YUMMILICIOUS….and yes not to forget the breakfast, toast, egg, baked beans and mango orange juice, healthy enough by chef Yoel.

Sunday again lots of food started with honey and peanut butter on bread and Yum Cha for lunch. Oh I so love Yum Cha. We shopped in Oxford and Regent Street and by time we reached China Town to have lunch we were starving. After a good 15 minutes wait got our table and yes ordered just about everything. The moment the food arrived a race began, I started eating so quickly as if I had to win. I stopped and wondered who was i competing with? But, got back on the eating wagon very quickly…cant explain it!! We had ordered too much so did a “take away” with the leftovers. We walked in “starved” and walked out “stuffed”. Only thing I wanted now was a bed.

On the way home in the bus had a nice nap. It was my first travel nap in London. Oh my my in Melbourne, the moment I board the train back home after work, I used to fall asleep. The motion accelerates my sleep levels. So many times I have ended up waking after the train left my station. But there were times when my sleep was perfectly timed. I used to wake up just before my Station, those days I used to be proud of myself and be amazed at how our brain works, restoring all such activities. With trains I have another history, I always run and catch the train, or may be I dont have the patience to wait for the next one. I hate missing trains.

Then for dinner had Maggi soup and the leftovers from Yum Cha. Maggi is pronounced as Maggi meaning the G is pronounced. I remember calling it Maggi (the Indian pronunciation) and no one understood, cause my pronunciation would spell MAGGIE. Its fun to know about the different accents and pronunciations people have all over the world. So yes, weekends is all about eating.

Thus we try eating healthy over the week, though sometimes infact most times the weekend food undos it all. So tonites its soup, Chicken Noodle Soup

chicken noodle soup

tom yum soup...

Here’s the recipe.

  • Take 2L water in a pot and add finely chopped stalk of lemongrass and red chillies.
  • Add 200g of diced chicken, let these boil for 15 mins.
  • add chopped vegetables, I used capsicum, carrots and beans.
  • 5 tbsp of fish oil and 2 tbsp of soy sauce. Vegetarians can just use Soy sauce.
  • 1 tbsp of sugar, salt to taste.
  • When all this comes to boil add 4 tbsp of coconut milk, and bring it to boil.
  • A main ingredient is lime leaves but I didn’t have any so added lemon juice.

This was the first time I made this soup, so my reference was the tom yum soup I used to have in Ying Thai Restaurant in Melbourne. I had the “ready to eat” rice noodles from my local grocery store, so in the end added the rice noodle to the soup and yes the yummy soup was ready. A very healthy soup. The rice noodles were the Vermicilli type.

With the leftover vermicilli noodles I made upma. Seviyan upma is a south Indian dish and it reminds me of bangalore days. I love it but this was the first time I made for Yoel’s next day lunch. Its a very easy recipe using mustard seeds, curry leaves, chopped onions, carrots, potatoes , lime juice, grated coconut, sugar, turmeric powder, green chillies and salt to taste and ofcouse vermicilli.

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London…

St. James park

The Royal Park

2 months and London feels home. An appartment living to a townhouse feels great. Cant wait for Spring to start gardening. The first thing I wanted to see in this city was the Tower Bridge, have loved the recital since childhood “London bridge is falling down”. London is just magnificient, old heritage buildings and the best part is all are restored so well. Hats off to the architecture.

We did a cruise trip from Tower Bridge to Westminster. Any water body in around the city makes the city alluring, be it Mumbai, Melbourne or London. Walked from Big Ben to Buckingham Palace through St James park. St James park is beautiful its surely is a royal garden. The best part of the park walk were the chipmunks.

chipmunk

The cute lil thing

These tiny cute creatures are so full of life, friendly and mischievous . from there we walked down to Trafalgar Square. Its the point where London meets. Could see old friends catching up, new people meet , reminded me of federation square in Melbourne. After the whole days walk the only next thing we could think was food and so we went to China town ate to hearts content. The new thing I learnt here was Yum Cha is known as Dim sum in England.

On my birthday eve Yoel took me to one of the posh 5 star seafood restaurant, J.Sheeky’s. It was just awesome be it the ambience or the food. The portions sizes were big too worth the money. Guess I had seafood for the whole year, squids, prawns and grilled fish. Somehow London is not photo friendly, you cant just click pictures anywhere and everywhere.

Next weekend went to the Natural History Museum. It was in an ancient massive Victorian building. As you enter theres a skeleton of the Dinosaur, speaking of dinosaur you can imagine the massiveness. The moment I entered the museum I felt like Ben Stiller’s counterpart and the movie “Night at the Museum” came alive. It took us 4 hours to see the whole museum. I also liked how they recreated the earthquake feel, you laugh while standing there but ever thought how nerve wrecking in reality it could be, Japan tsunami and earthquake shook me.

On Sundays we go to church “All Souls” which is right in the heart of the city, Oxford Circus. So after church its lunch and Shopping time. I love ZARA. The fit and the colors are just to die for. Seems ZARA is more colorful than United Colors of Benetton….lol…I never enjoyed ZARA so much in Melbourne and in India didn’t get a chance to check out the store. Sundays are the bus days, I love taking the bus “Double- Decker”, its takes me down the memory lane when Shalu (big bro) and I were in Bombay, used to sit in the first seat on the top and feel as if we riding the roller coaster. Same thrill runs down my spine even today.

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cakes n bakes

Chocolate Cake

Choccywoccydoodah

I have always loved cooking. More than that I have loved cooking for people be it friends or family, my mum will disagree as I have never cooked for her and thats only because shes my “Guru”, the best cook I know. She can create magic with just anything you give her.

Have inherited the cooking traits from my mum. I dont know how to explain but its just comes naturally to me. Cooking is a passion and I enjoy playing around with ingredients. After being married, I love cooking for Yoel, though we try having healthy lives but still love food and sometimes is difficult to stay away from calorie loaded stuff.

Baking is new to me and I am just loving it. In the past 7 weeks I have baked 4 massive cakes and cupcakes. ooooo….heaps of calories I know. Started with a basic cake to strawberry cake to coffee walnut cake and the latest being the chocolate cake. Tea cake was yummy, my mums recipe . I find most of the google recipes restraining as they have the perfect measurements and I dont own a measuring scale yet, so its quite a task. So mums measurements with cups are perfect.

Baking cakes could be so simple I never knew , the recipe being

3 cups flour (maida/self raising)

2 cups sugar

1.5 cup vegetable oil + half cup melted butter ( a lil healthy way)

3 eggs

1 tsp baking powder, 4 drops essence (vanilla)

oven at 180 degrees preheated and then 30 minutes the cake is DONE.

when its a chocolate cake add 1 tbsp cocoa powder, half cup milk and to make it spongy you can also try adding half cup pepsi/coke. While baking a strawberry cake instead of cocoa powder add half cup of fresh strawberry mince and no coke/pepsi . For coffee walnut cake add 1tbsp of cut walnut pieces and half cup of hot water with 1 tbsp coffee added.

The best of all was the chocolate cake with chocolate icing and yes this icing is so quick and easy and yumminess at its peak, just add half cup cocoa powder to 1 cup of milk and 1 and half cup of sugar and bring it to a quick boil. Remove from the flame and add 1 tbsp of butter and whip it in 20 minutes when it cools a bit. I found this recipe on google and it surely did wonders, the taste reached to a complete new level.

I have to have a piece of cake RIGHT NOW.

Chocolate cake slice

Scrumptious bite

Baking is so much fun….soon will try my hands on cookies and biscuits.

well writing about cakes I have to take few names mommy dearest, Leanne, Inahita, Melissa and Andy.

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